Author Archives: Michael Johnston

The Women in Bach’s Life: A Review

Bach Comes Alive at Organ Performance Here’s an unusual story about presenting the music of Bach in Hillsboro, Oregon. How many mention Bach’s daughter and his two wives in relation to his music? “Organist Jeannine Jordan breathed life into the … Continue reading

Posted in Education/Information | Leave a comment

Here’s A Real Connection to the Past

Town Hall Organ Worthy of A Listen From Auckland, New Zealand, comes this great story of the Town Hall Organ and one person who has a real connection to the past. “Orakei Local Board chairwoman and trustee Desley Simpson is … Continue reading

Posted in Education/Information | Leave a comment

Thank You to My Blog Readers

Thank you to the readers of this, my organ blog. Every view and click causes Google to ad a few cents to my account, and I get the check (at $100 minimum) a few times per year. How do I … Continue reading

Posted in Education/Information | 2 Comments

Saint-Saëns Organ Symphony in Philadelphia

A Night for Fred to Shine I don’t normally say this, but I don’t like Peter Dobrin’s review in The Philadelphia Inquirer. Do you see the photo above? This is the very fine conductor, Gianandrea Noseda, who often directs operas … Continue reading

Posted in Education/Information | Leave a comment

1875 Organ Needs Some Love

Campaigners Want Abandoned Organ to Make Music Again There was no photo of this organ in the article, so I will recommend that you peruse the photos and details in a PDF from plymouthorganists.org. The article doesn’t provide a builder … Continue reading

Posted in Education/Information | Leave a comment

Five Young Organ Students Play in Heinz Chapel

Five IUP Organ Students Perform at Heinz Chapel “Five students studying organ at Indiana University of Pennsylvania — Benjamin Bugaile, Nicholas George Capone, Andrew Milliken, Nina Parra and Evan Marshall Snyder — recently had the opportunity to play the pipe … Continue reading

Posted in Education/Information | 4 Comments

Modern Organ & Video Collaboration in London (video)

Wallworth Video Helps Southbank Pull Out Stops for Organ Read about this modern collaboration of video and organ. In the article, you can watch a short excerpt of a previous performance in Belgium. “London’s Southbank Centre is continuing its celebration … Continue reading

Posted in Education/Information | Leave a comment

Fisk Video Documentary Available for Sale

PBS Airing Pipe Organ Documentary This article is about the broadcast of this great documentary on Fisk by Dennis Lanson on a local PBS station, but the best news is that you can order it now. I first posted about … Continue reading

Posted in Education/Information | Leave a comment

Alabama’s Athens State University and Its Organ

Pipe Organ Gets New Life at Athens State Univ “A smile creased Louise Steele’s face as she remembered the sound of the pipe organ that once filled Athens State University’s McCandless Hall. Her son, Bill Steele, loved playing that pipe … Continue reading

Posted in Education/Information | 2 Comments

Would You Rebuild Bach’s Weimar Residence?

Fans Want to Rebuild Home of Composer’s House I don’t know if this is a good idea. The building is gone, and rebuilding it is hard to reconcile for me as a good use of money. Maybe it would draw … Continue reading

Posted in Education/Information | Leave a comment